Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa for Digital Technology

The Tech Nation Visa Scheme makes it possible for tech talent from around the world to come and work in the UK’s digital technology sector.

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Whether you are a cyber security specialist or an experienced scale-up professional, or want to recruit someone for one of these roles, the Tech Nation Visa Scheme is the category for you.

Furthermore, UK-based businesses are now able to hire teams of up to five individuals from outside the EU, allowing them to attract high calibre, high performing teams that have a proven track record of creativity, collaboration and commercial vision.

Eligibility criteria for Tech Nation Talent Applicants
(Exceptional Talent / Promise)

In order to enter the UK through the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) route an applicant must:

  • Be established as a world leader in the field of digital technology OR be able to demonstrate the potential to become a world leader in the field of digital technology;
  • Be an internationally recognised skilled professional in this field; and /or
  • Have the necessary business and technical skills to grow and scale-up technology companies.

Please see below examples of the types of technical and business skills and roles that this visa route is designed for.

*Please note that this list is not exhaustive and we will consider applications from other backgrounds.

Technical skills and Roles:

  • Senior DevOps / SysOps engineers
  • Senior Systems administrators / engineers
  • Data scientists
  • Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning experts (AI, NLP, ML)
  • Senior cybersecurity experts
  • Technical analysts
  • Hardware engineers / RFID / Internet of Things
  • Senior Front end Developers
  • Senior QA engineers
  • Compiler experts
  • Operating Systems engineers
  • Kernel programmers
  • Graphics programmers / designers with experience in Mobile graphics engines / DirectX and Open GL
  • Senior GPU developers eg. C++, CUDA
  • Experienced published mobile developers (Android / iOS)
  • Back end developers with senior experience in new technologies such as JVM, and languages such as Scala, F#, C Rust , Python, Ruby on Rails, Node.js, GoLang and Clojure. etc.
  • Information Architecture strategy / Chief Technology Officer for business applications with international operations (ERP, CRM, BI, etc.)

Business skills and Roles:

  • Experience of taking a tech company through IPO Experience as a commercial / business lead (P&L, growth, sales and distribution strategy in a digital business)
  • Experience of scaling a digital product internationally Sector-specific experience eg. payment infrastructure in FinTech / international expansion in EdTech
  • Solution sales experts Data and Complexity Academic Experience as a digital product lead (head of product management / development / requirements) SaaS or enterprise sales leadership for digital services Performance marketing experts
  • Track record of leading VC or PE investments in digital businesses Experience as C suite in an SME+ (CEO, CMO, CIO) or head of operations for a digital business

Exceptional Promise

If you do not believe you quite meet the criteria but you are able to demonstrate the potential to do so and you have the necessary technical and/or business skills then you will still be able to apply as an Exceptional Promise candidate.

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